Review: Foodies – a fight for full bellies and sweet tongues

As soon as I opened my stall, people began to gather around and peek at the displayed portions of today’s specials. I prepared delicious carp fries for today. Most were still at a respectful distance when the deep voice of the summoner was heard from the other side. He offered cheap temptations such as raspberry ice cream and pork dumplings, but that was enough to leave only a pair of the crowd. So maybe at least they’ll appreciate my kitchen.

We all have to eat. Some enjoy food more than others, looking for new experiences and looking for something they haven’t seen before. They are called . And the same name is also a board game prepared for the player by the author Ken Gruhl, but under the auspices of the publisher , the development was also supervised by , but especially by . The graphics were created by and . The ADC Blackfire company sought out the game for localization into Czech.

The box is quite large, but does not have a classic square shape. On its lid we see a proud chef who offers a delicacy according to his own recipe. Similarly, guests and players will be served as soon as they open the box. But first he has to place a market plate in the middle of the table and fill it with two random chef cards (out of five). Five out of ten nations and their dishes will always perform in the game. Players take the cards of the booths of these nations, shuffle them into one deck, and place a random set of five stalls into the menu. On this occasion, they will notice that all the cards have a hole in the left part. All types of chips start the game next to the plan in piles.

The individual participants then each take one board of their food court, as the area belonging to one player in the rules is called, and place it in front of them. Next to it, he places his set of three colored chips, of which he uses one mark and marks his starting position zero on the popularity indicator with it. Players will then receive plates of leaflets and coins, some of which they will place on their board, but in addition they will have three more to spend on the sidelines.

Participants take turns in moves, at the beginning of which they always roll a ten-walled cube and it determines which field the gourmet will visit. The taster activates the stand, which lies in the corresponding position of the player’s plan. When the number field is covered by a card, the number is still visible through the round window. So players never lose track. And this is important because the resulting number from the roll of the dice applies to all participants, not just the active player.

Such a booth can bring coins or popularity points. Sometimes it also refers to the visible stars in which the card participates. This is because some stars are only partially drawn on the edge of the card and need to be completed with another attached card.

Especially at the beginning, it will often happen that the players in the thrown position have no stand. Thanks to that, a gourmet visit in the bike would be empty. Fortunately, for this purpose, they have a set of leaflet tokens that can lure him to an adjacent square in any of the four directions.

Only after the evaluation of the taster and its effects can only the active player buy one of the offered stands. Individual positions have a descending price depending on how long the cards are in the offer. The hole in the card is again used to announce the price. They immediately transfer such a purchased menu of delicacies to their plan and can place it on any of the nine boxes.

At the very end of his turn, the player can also hire one of the available chefs. It costs four coins and will not bring players any more or less than one star, a point of popularity.

So the players take turns, although the beginning of each one is shared by a pretty equal share (except the roll of the dice). Time to finish counts down popularity scores. Once one of the players reaches the prescribed points, they all complete their moves (and everyone quickly tries to turn other options into more points) and the game ends. The winner is the one who has the most popularity points at the very end.

Foodies are an interesting card game whose main theme is food. Specifically, ten different states and their national dishes, which players offer at their stands and are waiting for a judge to come to them and give away points.

Placing stands is one of the important steps, because its position, together with the roll of the dice, determines an important income. But the player is not only responsible for his luck, because the roll of the dice applies to everyone on each turn. The title gourmet will not only come to the active player, but also to everyone else. Everyone gets their profit if they cook some food in a given place.

For every roll of the dice, everyone feels as if they are waiting at the bingo table to see what number the number will fall on and if they happen to win. Of course, it’s a lot of luck, because only with income can players afford to buy more stalls.

But that luck belongs to this style of play. It is targeted, including an accessible topic, mainly for beginners. They will definitely appreciate not only the simplicity of the rules, but also the game time. It remains below the half-hour limit, which distinguishes fillers from more time-consuming and more complex games. That time may be too strict, because speed is not always the best, but due to the load, the length is appropriate.

Not much happens in the game again. It is mainly a matter of choosing good cards and their combinations, because their connection is exactly what brings players a profit. He buys more cards for the money, encloses them, and so on. But that doesn’t mean the game is bad, only its theme doesn’t speak to you completely.

The number of players is not so important, because you also participate in the opponent’s turn. It’s a lot of fun, especially in more opponents, where the advantage of a short game time stands out even more. And at the same time, it’s also a way to retaliate quickly.

Only half of the nations are used in each game, which initially works towards variability. Later, after more games, everything starts to repeat itself, but deciding on a specific nation and building their stands will remain fun.

The processing is interesting mainly thanks to the cards with holes, which you will not see anywhere else. The holes are used cleverly and make the course of the game clearer.

Foodies are a pleasant and relaxed card game that is extremely simple and fast. It does not offer anything extra unique or original, but its theme is very attractive for everyone. He is close to everyone, because who wouldn’t like food. And so Foodies are a pleasant appetizer, especially for all beginners, and a very good choice for entering the world of board (or card) games.

DesignerKen Gruhl, Marco Portugal
ArtistHannah Cardoso, Saeed Jalabi
PublisherCMON Limited, Delta Vision Publishing, Spaghetti Western Games
Year Published
# of Players2 - 5
User Suggested # of Players Best with 5 players
Recommended with 4 players
(5 voters)
Playing Time30
Mfg Suggested Ages14 and up
User Suggested Ages6 and up
(2 voters)
Language DependenceNo necessary in-game text
(1 voters)
MechanicDice Rolling
ExpansionFoodies: Exclusive Chef Card
FamilyMisc: LongPack Games, Theme: Food / Cooking
Primary NameFoodies
Alternate NamesÍnyencek

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Review: Foodies – a fight for full bellies and sweet tongues
Final word
Foodies as a game catch the eye at first glance. He will keep his attention mainly with less experienced players, to whom he has the most to offer. The game is very simple and its theme is more of an ornament. The mechanisms are simply about unloading and interconnecting cards. Everything is influenced by dice, thanks to which there is a significant coincidence in the game. But the whole fight is so fast and all players take part in every move that you will enjoy setting up stalls and serving food. Foodies are a dish that works more from time to time and to taste, but works well.
Reader Rating0 Votes
Pros
+ cards with a hole
+ simplicity of the whole process
+ game time
+ accessibility
+ Czech food
+ combo of neighboring cards
Cons
= luck in activation
= maybe too short
3.6
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